New Points Based Immigration System

On 1 January 2021 free movement was replaced for EU citizens and they are now subject to the new points-based system if they wish to live and work in the UK.


The new system opened on the 1st December 2020 and is a single skills points-based immigration system with a number of visa routes open under it, some of which are mentioned below.

Skilled Worker Route

The rules permit employers to sponsor non-British and non-Irish citizens to work in the UK under the Skilled Worker immigration route. Employers must have a sponsor licence in order to be eligible to sponsor employees. Find out more about how to obtain a Sponsor Licence.

Intra Company Transfer Route

The new points-based system also has an intracompany transfer route which allows multinational employers to bring migrant workers to the UK on a temporary basis. This route replaces Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer).

Both of these routes are open for applications and details of the eligibility criteria are contained in the attached pages.

Graduate Route

The Graduate Route provides a route for international students who have been awarded their degree to stay in the UK and work, or look for work, at any skill level for two years, (or three years for doctoral students). This route is unsponsored, so students do not need a job offer to apply under this route. Students can also work more flexibly and can change jobs during this time. Find out more about Graduate Route

Global Talent

The new points-based immigration system also includes the Global Talent immigration route. This route is available to EEA and non-EEA nationals coming to the UK from 1st January 2021.

Other Immigration Categories

The new points-based system also contains some routes for temporary workers including the Government authorised exchange route, UK Ancestry visas, and the Innovator and Start Up categories. Further information on these routes are available on the quick reference guide.